One of our favorite events of the year is the ever-growing and ever-popular Stamford Charity Chili Cook-Off. Started as a small event in a local Stamford church, this event has grown every year with more competitors and even more hungry tasters. This year the tradition continues on November 6 from 11-3 right at Stamford Museum & Nature Center. There will be 15 home cooks, chefs, and restaurants this year, all vying for your votes! Who will win the coveted first place prize? Will Mayor Martin’s chili take down the competition? Will the students at JM Wright Tech uphold their number one spot? Also, who will be the contestants who win special trophies and rewards from four special judges (more on this below)? Continue reading
MacChilifest is taking over the Bedford Middle School in Westport on Super Bowl Sunday, 2/7, from 11-3 . . . and you’re invited. Well, we’re going to use a stronger word than that. We’re demanding you come on down to check out this contest because it’s going to be a great way to kick off the start of that classic, much-anticipated game. Or, if you don’t care about football, it’s an excuse to just stuff your face with some killer chili and mac & cheese.
In fact, we’re talking about 20 different tastings of chili and mac & cheese from some of the area’s most well-known restaurants and even local fire departments. It’s good they’ll be there, cuz things are bound to get hot as the competition heats things up! Categories this year include Classic Beef, Creative Chili, and Mac & Cheese . . . and you get to pick the winners by eating and voting.
Last year the winners were Geronimo, Southport Brewing Company, and the Westport Fire Department, but will they be able to stay on the top with so many other restaurants thirsty to take their place? Places like the Blind Rhino, Bobby Q’s, Chef’s Table, Chilibomb, Da Pietro’s, DrewbaQ (food truck), Little Pub, Liquid Lunch, Mac’it, Old Post Tavern, Sam’s American Bistro, Simply Delicious, Tru North Tavern & Table, Wire Mill Saloon & BBQ, and the Weston Fire Department want first place BAD!
Tickets are already on sale and are priced at $15 per person or $5 for kids ages 6-12.
Chilifest benefits the Turtle Fund which seeks to promote the education of young people in art, music, theater, skilled craft and other creative pursuits in order to create a rich cultural heritage for tomorrow.
Chilifest is proudly sponsored by Stop & Shop, Volvo of Westport, The Greens of Canondale, Cabot Cheese, Chaboso Bakery, Tabasco and WEBE 108. For more information about Chilifest please visit www.MacChilifest.org or email Jim Keenan at MacChilifest@gmail.com
The Stamford Chili Cookoff is looking for cooks and chefs who have mastered the art of chili. If you think you’ve got that killer recipe that will help you take home first prize, then contact Joe Gonzalez and let him know you’re in it to win it!
For the rest of you who just want to taste their chili and vote on your favorite, let this be a save the date! The event goes down on November 1 from 11-3 at the beautiful Stamford Museum and Nature Center. More details on the way . . . but we can say that this is a great event that not only warms your body, but also your heart as you’re helping to raise money for The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.
Do you know what the great thing about chili is? It’s perfect any ‘ol time of year! By itself, on top of a burger, on top of a hot dog, on a breakfast sandwich: it’s a meal and it’s a condiment at the same exact time. And, what better way to show some respect and reverence to chili then hold a contest called The Charity Chili Challenge? Now approaching its second year in existence, this contest sponsored by the Exchange Clubs of North Stamford, Stamford, and Norwalk pits amateurs and professional cooks against each other.
Back when we started our blog, we were around for the first ever Chilifest! At first it was created as an off-shoot of the very successful Chowdafest, run by Jim Keenan. When we went, we had a great time and tasted some awesome chili. One of the things we remember the most, though, is that during the time of stuffing our faces how much snow fell down, crippling power lines and the drive home. But, hey, we were fed, we were warm, we were full: we didn’t care!
August is a bittersweet month: the last bits of summer are dripping down, parents, teachers, and students are ready to head back to school, and the boys of summer are gone (points for the reference). But, screw that bittersweet crap: we’re talking ’bout just sweet for the next two weeks! In CT Food + Beer News, Volume 15, we’ve got openings, restaurant updates, fairs, restaurant specials, and more. If you’d like a full list of events that we’ve covered in previous posts, check out our Events page up above.
Restaurant Openings and Updates
Pepe’s Pizza will be opening up a restaurant in Brookline, MA, further expanding their cheesy empire. Pepe’s will be replacing The Fireplace restaurant, formerly owned by Jim Solomon. Other locations include the original Pepe’s in New Haven, and their pizza satellites in Danbury, Fairfield, Manchester, Mohegan Sun, West Hartford and Yonkers.
The Connecticut Chili Cup.
Is it a cup, literary made of chili?
Is it a cup that holds chili peppers?
Is it a cup given in honor of The Red Hot Chili Peppers?
Okay, okay, we know you just want the details, so out with them:
To enter, you’ll need to call up (203) 226-6328 to reserve one of the 25 spots.
The entry fee is $75 and that will get you, according to their FB post:
Chili…it’s one of the best things about winter and one of the best ways to deal with winter. That’s not to say that you can’t have chili during warmer months, but nothing warms you up better than a piping hot bowl of beefy, tomatoey, beany chili. We know you love your chili, so we’re going to let you know about a tradition in Danbury: the Chili Winter Warm Up. Just stop by the Danbury Ice Arena on 2/10 from 1-4 and taste and vote for some mouth-watering entries in the chili competition. Tickets are $5 per person or $15 for the family…nice deal. And, you’ll want to bring your family because there will be lots of activities for them, lots of entertainment, and you’ll be able to get discounted public skating!
Before all of this, though, you’ll be able to take part in The Big “Chili” 5K race. It’s taking place during the same day, 2/10, but will start at 10:30 on the CityCenter Danbury Green. The race will then loop back around and contestants will end up right back where they started. The entry fee is $25 up until February 7, and $30 from 2/8 until race day. If you’re registering on race day, please make sure that you get to Danbury Green from 9-10:15. If you pre-registered, make sure to come by from 9-10:15 to prep, stretch, and pick up your info. Also, here’s an added incentive to register: the first 200 people will get t-shirts…scoreee.